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The new ‘Red List’

A reminder of which countries are currently on the ‘red list’ and what you must do if you are entering the UK from a ‘red list’ country.

Depending on where a traveller has been in the 10 days before arriving in the UK, they need to fulfil different requirements when entering England. Since 4 October a simpler system is in place listing Countries either as red or as rest of the world.

Read more about requirements to enter England here. Please note, that the guidance is changing regularly, so check before you book any travel.

You cannot enter the UK after having travelled through any of these ‘red list’ countries in the previous ten days, unless you are British, Irish, or entitled to live in the UK. If you have residence rights in the UK, you must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days on arrival.

The red list from 11 October 2021:

• Colombia
• Dominican Republic
• Ecuador
• Haiti
• Panama
• Peru
• Venezuela

If you are required to quarantine in a managed quarantine facility, you must enter England through one of the designated ports of entry:

• Heathrow Airport
• Gatwick Airport
• London City Airport
• Birmingham Airport
• Bristol Airport
• Newcastle Airport
• Farnborough Airport
• Biggin Hill Airport

Direct flights from red list countries can only arrive at London Heathrow and Birmingham Airport.

The managed quarantine facility package includes quarantine transport to the hotel and your travel test package for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. The cost of this package for an adult is £2,285. Please check the latest guidance before booking.

Failure to book a quarantine package prior to arrival may result in a fine of up to £4,000, plus the payment for your quarantine package.

Travellers must comply with these rules, or face fines of up to £10,000 for breaking quarantine rules or failing to arrive at a designated port of entry. Failing to provide accurate details about the countries visited prior to your arrival in the UK, could result in this fine or additional sanctions of imprisonment of up to ten years.

FSP can advise you on all aspects of inbound immigration to the UK and will keep you up to date with the latest developments as they are released from the Home Office.

If you require our assistance, please contact Head of Immigration, imelda.reddington@fsp-law.com.